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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Brewster’s gorgeous paper pieces take inspiration from the drive of nature itself, creating a literal metaphor of nature’s power to take over the earth if given the chance. Plants, flowers, birds and

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Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Awards!

Vote for Your Favorite Design To Win the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Awards!

BKLYN Designs - the annual Brooklyn-themed furniture show - kicked off New York Design Week last week with a blast, showcasing the BK's hottest "locally grown and internationally known" designs at St.

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26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs 2014

26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs 2014

Uhuru's Shou Sugi Ban Stool is made from Japanese cedar treated with a traditional process that preserves the wood by charring it. The beautifully textured seat is made from a reclaimed cedar pole from

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SOM Unveils Sweeping Bus Concourse for Denver’s Redeveloped Union Station

SOM Unveils Sweeping Bus Concourse for Denver’s Redeveloped Union Station

SOM was responsible for the master plan and redevelopment of the 20-acre site to bring about sweeping improvements to Denver's public transportation system. Union Station serves as the hub for the Denver

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250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

Fall on Your Sword had to eat an ungodly amount of chips to complete their latest masterpiece, but it looks like it was well worth it. The Brooklyn-based art collective worked their way through 250

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Extraordinary Floating City Offers a Self-Sustaining Solution to Overcrowding in China

Extraordinary Floating City Offers a Self-Sustaining Solution to Overcrowding in China

Although a Floating City may sound fantastical, it is much more realistic than you’d like as it would be built with the same technologies that CCCC has used to build a 31 mile bridge between Hong Kong,

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Andres Amador’s Awe-Inspiring Sand Drawings Wash Away with the Tide

Andres Amador’s Awe-Inspiring Sand Drawings Wash Away with the Tide

Getting to the beach early, about an hour before the ocean recedes and usually under a full moon, is where and when it all begins for Andres. He starts with a fine-tip stick, drawing the framework and

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

Renzo Piano’s The Shard in London is giving guests more than they bargained for. Because of a design flaw in the glassy skyscraper, guests at the Shangri-La Hotel have been able to see the reflection of

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3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

Grove Towers is a 77,000 sq m project designed by 3XN and developed by Ornate Spaces. The base, similar in concept to mangrove stalks braided together at the ground, will feature clusters of retail and

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

The Platonian Tower is a competition entry for a redevelopment site in Lima, Peru. Starting from the site's boundaries and code for height and extents, Tammo Prinz designed an expressive residential

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Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

In addition to Snøhetta, other experts in the field, including Entra Eiendom; Skanska; ZERO; Hydro; Sapa og; and Asplan Viak, were called upon to help transform the existing buildings into energy

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Artist Gregory Kloehn Upcycles Found Materials as Tiny Homes for California’s Homeless

Artist Gregory Kloehn Upcycles Found Materials as Tiny Homes for California’s Homeless

Kloehn builds his shelters for area homeless almost entirely from found, and free, objects. Scouring illegal dump sites, he searches for usable elements like wood, cushions, tables, chairs and pieces that

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Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

The ill-fated Foster + Parnters-designed Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas will finally meet its demise as a court ruled for its destruction. The glassy would-be hotel and condominiums began construction in

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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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Svbscription Sends You Quarterly Parcels of Exquisitely Curated Heirloom Designs

Svbscription Sends You Quarterly Parcels of Exquisitely Curated Heirloom Designs

In a market oversaturated with cheap, mass-produced objects, there's a lot to be said for the understated appeal of timeless heirloom goods. The team at Svbscription knows this - and they've launched a

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Dr. Cow Opens a Flagship Vegan Cheese Shop in Brooklyn

Dr. Cow Opens a Flagship Vegan Cheese Shop in Brooklyn

New Yorkers now have a new place to pick up delicious vegan cheeses and other animal-free treats! Popular nut cheese purveyor Dr. Cow recently cut the ribbon on its new flagship shop in Williamsburg,

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Barnyard Restaurant by Brinkworth Brings the Farm to London Dining

Barnyard Restaurant by Brinkworth Brings the Farm to London Dining

Ollie's vision for the Barnyard was inspired by the nostalgia of traditional agricultural environments, where almost everything serves a distinct purpose. Materials commonly found in lightweight farm

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Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline's in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray's design, the British firm

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Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Across the town of Nagoro, which is in the valleys of Shikoko, it seems people can be seen going about their regular activities. Couples garden together, or snuggle on a bench in one of the village’s

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The Drinkable Book is Made From Filter Paper that Cleans and Purifies Water for up to Four Years

The Drinkable Book is Made From Filter Paper that Cleans and Purifies Water for up to Four Years

Each of the pages within the book is coated with silver nanoparticles that actively target diseases such as cholera, typhoid and E.coli. Water that passes through the filter is comparable to tap water

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1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

Artist Paulo Grangeon is raising awareness for the conservation of endangered species by sculpting 1600 panda bears out of recycled materials and papier-mâché! The sculptures will brighten days of

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Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

The St. Jansklooster Tower is considered a national monument and a landmark for the region that can be seen for miles around. After its decommissioning, the decision was made to open the water tower up to

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Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Comprised of two rings surrounding circular decking, the Forest Pavilion is 22 feet tall and has a diameter of 60 feet. Used to host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the art festival, the

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Nik Baeyens’ Portable Flatpack Fire Basket is Perfect for Storytelling on Warm Summer Nights

Nik Baeyens’ Portable Flatpack Fire Basket is Perfect for Storytelling on Warm Summer Nights

Inspired by the shape and movement of a spider and the mythology of ancient storytelling signs and symbols, “FIREWALKWITHME” is a portable knockdown fire basket made of corten steel by designer Nik

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Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove. This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a lick of fuel - in just 20 minutes. Baking, boiling or

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US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

The US Embassy in Helsinki, Finland designed by Moore Ruble Yudell is the first US diplomatic facility to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The energy efficient Innovation Center unveiled in 2013 has

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The Currents: World’s Tallest Indoor Living Wall Sprouts in Quebec City

The Currents: World’s Tallest Indoor Living Wall Sprouts in Quebec City

Green Over Grey, who has completed a number of other large vertical garden installations like the one in the Edmonton Airport, was in charge of the design for The Currents. "According to our research,

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